The Planting festival at Woodfordia has grown from a small spades and gumboots gathering to a festival with shady trees, arts, talks, ideas and music. The trees have grown, and now the plantings are of tree orchards, a ceremonial planting of an olive tree from Spain, and symbolic planting of ideas. Michael Leunig added his magic to the mix this year. Those of us who love this festival wish the world was always like this village, and resolve to carry the connection, ideas and feeling of freedom back to the less real world.
This year there was a tearoom with daily offering of tea and award winning cakes from the local show. I went to a puppet making workshop with Sol Puppetman, a life drawing session in the evening, and to botanical alchemy with Ali de Groote. I ran screenprinted festival pockets, pendant and textile workshops for children.